During the off-season, rumours about Knights players who are apparently getting traded, dropped, getting paid less or sacked tend to fly all over the place.
Even rumours about players who are on the radar, only to be denied. It’s already happened twice and we have fallen for it. Looking back on it, I will happily own responsibility as a high protagonist for it by creating discussion about it in a Knights fans group.
Rumours about Mitchell Pearce seemingly leaving to go back to Sydney Roosters or being traded for Mitchell Moses at Parramatta just simply won’t die. These rumours have been shut down by Adam O’Brien, Mitchell Pearce himself, Brad Arthur and Barry Toohey.
To all the Knights fans, I have realised a pattern we must follow with every article about our players – check to see where the article is from. I personally would recommend dismissing all Sydney-based articles because if there’s one thing I have picked up on, a lot of the sports journalists from Sydney really love to piss us off.
The only articles I would trust now are either Newcastle Herald or anything from Toohey.
One thing I really don’t like is when players are compared to past legends. I remember at the start of the year I read something about Phoenix Crossland, who at the start of the year had only 12 minutes of experience at first grade, was being compared to Darren Lockyer. Lockyer is a legend no doubt and one of the greatest five-eighths I’ve seen, but Phoenix Crossland is the first Phoenix Crossland.
Think like this: picking up an electric guitar and perfectly nailing the guitar riff of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven doesn’t make you the next Jimmy Page, it means you simply picked up an electric guitar and nailed the guitar riff of Stairway to Heaven.
I won’t deny we have some nonsense from within the club from Troy Pezet. Remember that article which said Kalyn Ponga wanted 1.5 million a season? That was absolutely bogus and many of us picked up on it right away.
To any Knights fans who want to compare our players to past legends, understand that it’s not a good vibe. Kalyn Ponga isn’t aiming to be the next Billy Slater, Mitchell Pearce isn’t the next Andrew Johns and David Klemmer isn’t the Chief Harragon.
Guns n’ Roses singing Knocking on Heaven’s Door is just their version of a Bob Dylan song. Our players are on the field bringing doing the best they can to get the win and yes, we won’t win every game.
We have got a lot of time in the offseason before we focus on the 2021 season. Let’s enjoy State of Origin and when that’s all said and done, the rest of the offseason.
I may have said I predicted 2021 to be our year and I would love to be right. Let’s not believe any of the crap we get told by the media unless it can be verified by a reliable source it’s correct because we’re simply getting baited into what has now become an obvious trap.
If they bait us in, they’ll keep doing it.